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Research interests

I work on the contested character of environmental and energy policy and politics. This is with a particular focus on the local politics of energy generation and consumption, decarbonisation and climate action. This mostly fits into three interrelated themes:

‘Just transition’ - exploring how environmental and energy policy must be equitable and inclusive. Whilst there is an urgency around discussing and mitigating climate change, it is important to ensure that nobody is excluded from or unsupported by decarbonisation. This work includes research into the aviation sector, climate resiliencelocal environmental voices, and the use of digital technologies in managing household energy demand.

This stems from previous work (drawing on my PhD research) into the contentious politics of hydropower, with a focus on the Brazilian Amazon region. This includes research into how hydroelectric dams can transform a waterscape and how movements against them challenge dominant understandings of hydropower as a ‘green’ energy source that has a role in energy transitions.

In addition to the above, I am currently writing a book on renewable energies and social justice - focusing on how localised, democratic and place-based approaches might allow for more equitable decarbonisation policies. 

The geographies of digital technologies - analysing the role that energy demands associated with data centres and digital technologies can play in patterns of uneven development, globalisation and energy justice, as well as necessitating new policy regimes. This work includes research into cryptocurrency ‘mining’, data centres, and the popularity of Bitcoin

The links between populism and the environment -
exploring how right-wing populist politicians and movements treat climate change and environmental issues in different ways. This currently includes research into right-wing populists' treatment of net-zero agendas and decarbonisation. 

In addition to these routes of research, I am a member of the Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change, as well as sitting on Steering Committees for the Bristol Inclusive Economy Initiative, the UK Future Earth Early Career Network and the Environmental Change group of the Cabot Institute for the Environment

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Global Political Economy
  • Cabot Institute Low Carbon Energy Research
  • Cabot Institute Water Research
  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research
  • Digital Societies

Keywords

  • Environmental Politics
  • Energy Politics
  • Digital technologies
  • Hydropolitics
  • Dams
  • Environmental Justice
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Just transition
  • Green New Deal
  • Data Centres
  • Populism
  • Bitcoin
  • Energy Justice
  • Net Zero
  • Decarbonisation

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